Lake Taupō: the great lake

The biggest lake in Australasia announced its arrival with a bang.


If fishing’s not your thing, there’s plenty to do besides in the vicinity. © Roy Emerson

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Lake Taupo Holiday Resort Visit website

NZ's first swim up bar and cafe in large lagoon thermally heated pool. Lake Taupo Holiday Resort is a destination in itself with a spectacular . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: the great lake

The biggest lake in Australasia announced its arrival with a bang. Taupo is actually the drowned caldera of a super volcano, the eruption of which, in the first century AD, caused meteorological effects that were noted by sky-gazers as far afield as Rome and China. Read the story . . . 

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Alpine Lake Motor Lodge Visit website

*TAUPO'S NEWEST MOTOR LODGE* A short walk from Lake Taupo and town centre.MODERN, AFFORDABLE. **FREE UNLIMITED ULTRAFAST WiFi in all rooms ! **A range of . . . More . . . 

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Orakei Korako: thermal wonderland

There are still reminders scattered about the Taupo district of the subterranean forces that produced its mighty, first-century eruption and subsequent lake. Read the story . . . 

Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park provides a central base to enjoy all there is to do in the Taupo region, whilst being the only . . . More . . . 

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Chevron Motel Visit website

Central location, close to the lake, 1 block to town centre, cafés, bars and restaurants, cinema. 14 spacious 1 and 2-bedroom units (7 ground floor, . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: how did we get so lucky?

It really is all about Lake Taupo in this part of the world, where the water’s mood governs the feel of the day: sunny and sparkling, or grey and intense.  Read the story . . . 

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Accent on Taupo Motel Visit website

Our lakefront motel units provide affordable quality rooms with comfortable beds, crisp linen and quiet location for a great nights sleep. . . . More . . . 

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Writer and passionate sailor Sarah Ell thinks we should all dedicate some time to messing about in boats this summer . . .  Read the story . . . 

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Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort Visit website

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort offers a bed for every budget - from campsites through to luxurious 'Lake Villas'. Located at the gateway to the Thermal . . . More . . . 

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Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

What have you got on the boil, friend? How about an epic roadie straight down the guts of the North Island of New Zealand to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

Orakei Korako - The Hidden Valley Visit website

As featured in AA's 101 Must-Do's, situated just 25 minutes north of Taupo and 45 minutes south of Rotorua nestled on the shores of Lake . . . More . . . 

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Climbing: facing your fear

Adventurer Paul Hersey remembers the first time he tied into a climbing rope, when his hands shook and his heartbeat rattled like a coffee grinder in a busy café. Read the story . . . 

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Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn Visit website

Perfectly located adjacent to the snow fed waters of New Zealand's largest crater lake, at Twin Peaks we offer affordable lakeside accommodation. . . . More . . . 

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Huka Falls tracks

Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Waikato River, or explore the many lookout points at Huka Falls, one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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